It’s good to be home, James

LLOYD James, in-and-out of the team during his loan spell at Crawley, due primarily to injury and illness, has returned to the U’s with a bang.

The ex-Southampton midfielder, whose old team clinched promotion to the Premier League on Saturday, played a key role in the U’s big win over Tranmere.

And he is also happy to be staying at the Essex club for next season, having been recently offered a new deal.

James enthused: “I told the gaffer I wanted to come back (from Crawley), and earn my contract for next year.

“I’ve been offered a new deal and I think I will be here next year. You just have to look at the new training ground and the facilities here. It’s a great club.

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“Hopefully, we can push on next year, and hopefully we can keep as many of the players here as we can.

“There are exciting times ahead for this club, and I want to be a part of it.”

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Speaking about Saturday’s win, James continued: “It was a great performance all-round, and I thought we took some of the goals really well.

“The early goal helped us. Hendo (Henderson) took has goal brilliantly, It was also a great team goal. We could have put it to bed at 2-0 up, but perhaps we took our foot off the pedal a bit.”

James delivered a superb cross for Tom Eastman to nod home the U’s second, although the Welshman admitted that he had no real idea how the goal was executed.

“It was a cross, but I then fell over so I didn’t actually see what happened!” revealed James.

“I had my back to it. I’ll just accept that it was a great cross!

“I’m delighted to have got my chance today, playing alongside Woody (Wordsworth), who has been one of our best players this year.”

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